Squamous cell skin cancer (carcinoma) most often occurs on areas of
the skin that have been in the sun, such as the nose, ears, forehead, lower
lip, and hands. But it may also appear on areas of the skin that have been burned,
exposed to chemicals, or had radiation therapy. Squamous cell cancers may
rapidly grow into large masses and spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer in
light-skinned people. It is rare in people who have dark skin.
Signs and symptoms of squamous cell skin cancer may include
Firm red bump.
Growth or patch of
skin that feels scaly, bleeds, or develops a crust.
Sore that does
Treatment involves surgical removal of the affected skin and may
include radiation therapy or topical chemotherapy. When squamous cell skin
cancer is properly treated, the cure rate is high.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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